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This is a story of a young man’s journey to self-discovery. Coming from a community where drugs and violence are a norm for young men his age, Prime Nchabeleng (17) chose a different path.
When a young boy reaches the critical pre-teen ages between 11-13 years, they look at male figures in their lives as role models but Prime took it upon himself to become his own man.
From an early age, his experience of men were close male relatives who constantly abused women. Not understanding this behaviour, he lost trust in men. He became reserved, aloof and lacked confidence. “I did not know what to do and felt helpless. I remember every time I wanted to protect these women, I was called names and told I was letting women control me”, said Prime.
At the age of 14 he made a choice to reinvent himself and enrolled into an after school programme in Diepsloot where he found that many young people had similar ambitions and dreams. Soon after joining the programme he started making friends and interacting more with his peers. “When I first came to Afrika Tikkun I thought I was going to be judged but I have since learnt to be myself. And this has allowed other people to believe in me. In return, I have learnt who I am as a person”, said Prime.
The turning point in the young man’s life came when he attended an Afrika Tikkun camp. There, he learnt that being a man means that your behaviour should never be determined by how others treat you, but by the values you hold at your core
He now attends the Child and Youth Development programme, as well as Physics and Math Saturday classes at the Wings of Life Centre. As a result, his Maths has improved and he has learnt to replace the negatives with positives by focusing on things he loves (cycling, spelling bee and dancing). Prime is dedicating his lifeto seeing the beauty that this world has to offer and this explains his dream of becoming an Astronomer.
Afrika Tikkun’s Empowerment Programme will be hosting their Annual Gender Imbizo for young women and mothers of children with disabilities on the 19th of August 2017, at the Phuthaditjaba Centre, 31, 16th Avenue, Alexandra. These women are all part of self-help groups dedicated to supporting one another in advocacy to protect, defend and gain access to important rights including health, education and justice.
What young women are fighting for in their townships
As we celebrate Women’s Month, it is important to note that young women in many township communities feel unsafe and 23 years since South Africa’s transition still fight for their right to human dignity, equality and freedom from all forms of violence. The key issue being raised is that without adult supervision (especially in Johannesburg’s overcrowded townships, where crime and gangsterism is high), young people are vulnerable not only to child neglect, but to trafficking and other forms of violence. After two incidents of attempted child kidnapping (for perceived trafficking purposes), young girls from Hillbrow have started raising awareness about the interlinked problems of child kidnapping and child neglect. One of these young people, is in fact a victim of an attempted trafficking. While she was being held, she heard her kidnapper making arrangements with the trafficker, and managed to escape thanks to her cries, which drew the attention of some passersby. Now, this young woman who prefers to remain anonymous, is being joined by her peers to speak out about a culture and cycle of extreme violence that they are witness to, “it’s not only violence of men against women, its women and men doing the abusing. Abuse is everywhere – in the family, community and in the school yards.”
In Alex, young women are campaigning against kidnapping for the purposes of rape – something which, they say they see an increase in. They are targeting their lobbying and awareness efforts at men and male children, but as part of these efforts, they will be offering self-defence sessions for women in August.
Gender violence and inequality are also key concerns for young people in Diepsloot. Many talk about seeing friends and siblings being raped by parents and caregivers, and generally high levels of violence. One child from Diepsloot pleaded, “We shouldn’t be scared to go to the mall, because we are scared of the men that are going to hurt you. We need to be safe. Children in schools are not doing well. They are failing because of all the things that are happening to them.”
“Kids in Diepsloot tell us it is dangerous for them to go to school because they could be mobbed at any point, held at gunpoint. They report that there is a lot of child abuse amongst parents or caregivers, uncles or family members. In Diepsloot there is so much going on that it is actually scary,” explained David Silva, youth development expert from Afrika Tikkun, the local NGO who is supporting their advocacy efforts.
Young women have too often been the victims of South Africa’s unrestrained crime problem; but given the opportunity, their lives are bursting with potential. Tinkerbell Rautheneimer of Hillbrow and Sandy Phala of Alex are just two of many girls whose dreams and solutions are being given oxygen through the empowerment and development initiatives of Afrika Tikkun. “Each day I go to school betters my chances of becoming a lawyer to be able to stand against things that are wrong in society,” declares Tinkerbell.
Sandy Phala’s hopes are also high: “My dream is to finish school with good grades so that I can study osteology and help people who suffer from bones diseases like arthritis. One day I hope to find a cure for serious diseases like cancer and make sure that the sick are cared for. I want to own many community clinics and help the existing ones with more medications.”
You can do something to support these young women’s advocacy efforts by joining them August 19, 2017 at their Annual Gender Imbizo in Alexandra (invitation attached), where they will be engaging with women to engage on key issues affecting families and communities.
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I am a keen hockey player at my school, Johannesburg Girls Preparatory School. I live in Berea with my Mom, who makes her living as a tailor, and my three brothers. I start every day in prayer, praying for peace across the world, for world hunger to end, for the drought in South Africa to lift and for God to bless her family.
School is fantastic. The teachers are approachable teachers and there are good quality equipment and textbooks. My favourite subjects are English, Afrikaans and Natural Science.
I first came to Uthando in early 2016 after my uncle told my mother about the Centre. I was surprised at the number of kids at the centre and have grown to love the facilitators and my peers who also attend there. And my marks have also improved since I started attending the Centre.
One of the things I love most is the passion that the facilitators have for their work; it makes learning with them fun. I also love that there are so many ways to learn at Uthando through the different hubs, although my favourite place is the library, because I am a bookworm.
My dream job is to study Medicine and Anatomy. I want to solve health problems and find cures.
My idea to change the world is to invent Mommybots – robots that will help to raise children who have no mothers or fathers.
Contact Number: 074 676 3573 | 082 741 4542 | Address: La Rosa, 52 Abel Rd, Berea
‘Change the World’ Campaign
My name is Karabelo Moseneke, I am 12 years old and I live with both my parents and twin younger brothers. My mother is a Data Capturer in Afrika Tikkun: Uthando Center while my father is a Store Controller.
My everyday morning is waking up, brushing my teeth and get ready for school. My enjoyable moments in school would be from hanging out with my friends and learning interesting topics in the class room.
I always look forward to learning Life Orientation and Technology because they are my favorite subjects.
After school, I always look forward to coming to Uthando Center because I would get to explore everything about the computers, borrow books to read and enjoy a nutritious food.
The more I learn about computers the more I believe that I can be a Robot Engineer or a Scientist. This is because I am a person that loves explore and find out new things. I always want to know about everything that happens around me.
Most people with disabilities struggle to push their wheelchairs, so I created a Gravinator, which enables disabled people to use it in various kinds of ways. And if you cannot use your hands, you can always use something that looks like headphones, which reads your mind and does what you want it to do. It’s also helped by the most important part – the jet boosters, which allow it to move up and down.
Every year on the 18 of July, the UN asks individuals around the world to mark Nelson Mandela International Day by making a difference in their communities. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, and Mandela Day is an occasion for everyone to take action and inspire change.
By devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mr. Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity.
This global movement for good was borne out of a United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/13 which recognized Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the fight against poverty and the promotion of social justice. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
It is out of respect and support of this unique individual and the resolution of the General Assembly that Ambassador Lenk and his wife Ruth have every year over the last 4 years of their diplomatic sojourn in South Africa given of their time, intellect, skills and love towards the development of the most vulnerable in township communities of South Africa
Mandela day 2017 was no different. The Ambassador and Ruth Lenk and the entire staff of the Israeli Embassy joined Afrika Tikkun at the Phuthaditjaba Centre in Alexandra for their 67 minutes to honour the legacy of Madiba.
The staff of the Israeli Embassy used their time to interact and engage in stimulating activities with the children that attend Afrika Tikkun’s Early Childhood Development Programme. Other staff helped out with packaging and distributing food parcels to 60 families identified as a result of certain socio-economic vulnerabilities including unemployment.
The Ambassador’s wife, Mrs Ruth Lenk hosted an art session with the 6 and 7 year olds. “I decided to do an art activity with the Grade R Class because from my experience, this is what this age likes to do and it offers a lot of creativity and development for the kids. I love Afrika Tikkun, I have been working with them for four years now and I have enjoyed every minute of it. “She remarked.
The day was full of fun, interactive and educative activities and give-aways. The young and elderly were astounded by the impressive array of stakeholder involvement. Bridget, an Afrika Tikkun beneficiary, expressed gratitude saying, “We are thankful for this act of ‘Ubuntu’. As Nelson Mandela said, “I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent.”
“We know that when we do something with Afrika Tikkun, we really make a difference because you get to experience an organisation that is doing so much for the future of children of South Africa. I am so happy to spend my afternoon meeting children who are smart and exciting, loving and ready to play. It is such as incredible opportunity”, said Ayellet; the embassies spokesperson.
We know this week concludes the 4 year stay of the Ambassador and his family who have invested so much of their time, resources and networks in support of the work that Afrika Tikkun does for young people from Cradle to Career. We remain determined to do whatever it takes to ensure that today’s young people are tomorrow’s productive citizens. In so doing, we maintain the legacy of Jewish leaders like Ambassador Lenk.
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